TCU history professor receives Fulbright Award to teach in Hungary

Ken Stevens named the Laszlo Orszagh Distinguished Chair in American Studies.

Dr. Ken Stevens named the Laszlo Orszagh Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Debrecen.

TCU history professor Dr. Kenneth Stevens is a 2014 recipient of the Fulbright Scholar Distinguished Chair Award. He will serve as the Laszlo Orszagh Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Debrecen in eastern Hungary for the fall 2014 semester.

Stevens has been a professor in the history department at TCU for over 31 years and has taught courses in U.S. constitutional history, the American presidency and 19th century America. He intends to teach similar courses in Hungary.

TCU has developed a strong connection with the University of Debrecen over the years; Stevens will be the second TCU professor to teach at the university on a Fulbright program. In 2005, English professor Dr. David Vanderwerken was awarded the Fulbright Lecturing Award and taught a three-week mini-term course on American Jewish fiction. Several graduates from Debrecen have also completed doctoral degrees in TCU’s programs in English and history and returned to successful careers in Hungary.

“I think it is great that Ken won this prestigious award and in the process is re-establishing connections between TCU history faculty and students and the University of Debrecen,” said Dr. Peter Worthing, history and geography department chair. “With Ken spending the fall semester there, I hope we can deepen our connection to the people at Debrecen and continue this wonderful exchange.”

As TCU continues to expand its Quality Enhancement Program through initiatives like Discovering Global Citizenship and its growing study abroad program, distinguished faculty like Stevens are helping TCU engage with an international community.

“I want to build bridges,” Stevens said. “I’m looking forward to working with Hungarian scholars and students, and I hope we can find a way to bring Hungarian teachers and students to TCU.”

Prior to joining TCU, Stevens served four years in the Navy and later pursued his Ph.D. at Indiana University, where he also worked as an editorial assistant at the American Historical Review. He has published five books, including The Texas Legation PapersBorder Diplomacy, The Diplomatic Papers of Daniel Webster and William Henry Harrison: A Bibliography.